Digitalization of Production Planning in Food Manufacturing


Integrated solution for real-time production planning


The food industry is characterized by high volatility and short response times, with strongly fluctuating demand and short delivery times. This presents planners with the daily challenge of having to react quickly to new requirements or disruptions.


The aim is to ensure delivery capability, maximize productivity and increase competitiveness. To this end, the implementation of a planning system that creates demand-oriented production plans in real time is expedient.


SimAL is a modern planning system that meets these requirements and is the building block of an innovative digitalization strategy for production. With SimAL, every company achieves maximum flexibility and responsiveness and thus sustainably optimizes its delivery capability, productivity and competitiveness.


  • Multinational dairy

  • Production of milk and all types of dairy products

  • With more than 22,000 employees, the company generated sales of over 11 billion euros in 2019.


  • Food production

“With SimAL.Suite, we have the perfect planning tool for the digitalization of our production planning. We can now react flexibly and in real time to any change in the operating situation. By using SimAL.Suite, we have significantly improved our delivery reliability, achieved higher productivity and reduced our operating costs.”

Wolfgang Papenbrinck
Head of production

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✔ Customer-oriented optimization of the supply chain
✔ Creating future perspectives
✔ Maintaining flexibility & individuality


We have implemented the SimAL.Scheduler module of the SimAL.Suite planning system to digitalize production planning. The planners are now efficiently supported in their task of optimizing the production sequence. The planners can react immediately and reschedule production, particularly in the event of unplanned events such as last-minute customer orders, technical system malfunctions or delays in the delivery of raw materials or packaging materials.

  • Integrated solution for product planning in real time
  • Setup-optimized production sequence
  • Consideration of restrictions such as allergens, halal or kosher production
  • Automation of production planning
  • Simulation functions to ensure uninterrupted production


SimAL.Scheduler is a tried-and-tested planning system for setup-optimized production sequences that has proven itself in industrial use every day for more than 20 years. In the use case described, it was fully integrated into the company’s IT (SAP ECC®) and automation (SIMATIC IT®) and now enables real-time production scheduling without media discontinuity. SimAL.Suite immediately informs users of new events and allows them to check whether rescheduling is necessary.

Increase in Productivity
Reducing Overtime
Reducing Planning Efforts

Tanja Kernjak

Account Manager

Phone: +49 160 99029606